Background OF ADO

Agricultural Development Organization (ADO) is a well-established non-governmental organization that has been at the forefront of rural development and agricultural sustainability since its inception in 1993. Over the years, ADO has gained significant recognition for its commitment to improving the livelihoods of rural communities and its dedication to addressing pressing issues in the agriculture and development sectors.

ADO was originally founded in response to a dire need – the devastating aftermath of the civil war in Somalia and Somaliland. In the 1990s, this war left a trail of destruction, including the loss of homes, livelihoods, and critical infrastructure in many communities. Witnessing the suffering and challenges faced by the returnee population in the aftermath of the conflict, ADO embarked on its mission to provide relief and rehabilitation support. Its initial focus was to assist those who had lost their homes and means of sustenance during these turbulent times.

Since its establishment, ADO has not only fulfilled its initial mandate of relief and rehabilitation but has also successfully transitioned into broader development activities. The organization has diversified its portfolio, expanding into early recovery initiatives, and pioneering sustainable agricultural practices. This transformation was driven by ADO’s unwavering commitment to create lasting, positive change in the communities it serves.

ADO’s operational footprint has also expanded over the years. The organization has its central Head Office in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, and regional branch offices in strategic locations, including Burao, Borama, and Erigavo. These regional branches are strategically positioned in the Togdheer, Awdal, and Sanaag regions, ensuring that ADO’s presence is felt where it matters most.

Additionally, ADO actively participates in local umbrella groups, namely, NAGAAD, SOLPAF, and SONSEF. These affiliations reflect ADO’s dedication to collaboration and partnership within the development sector, fostering synergies and knowledge sharing with like-minded organizations.

As ADO has evolved and grown, it has continued to uphold its core values and principles while adapting to the changing needs and challenges in the regions it serves. Now, in 2023 ADO is embarking on a new phase of its journey. It seeks to develop a comprehensive 5-year strategic plan that will guide its operations and impact in the coming years. This strategic plan will build upon ADO’s legacy of service, aligning its mission and vision with its operational focus areas, and setting forth a clear roadmap for the organization’s future endeavours.

The 5-year strategic plan is not just a document; it represents ADO’s commitment to realizing its vision of vibrant, resilient, and sustainable rural communities. It is a testament to ADO’s dedication to enhancing the well-being of the people it serves, promoting equitable development, and making a lasting impact.

In light of these factors, ADO is seeking the services of a qualified consultant or consultancy firm to facilitate the development of this pivotal strategic plan, leveraging their expertise and experience to chart a course for ADO’s continued success and growth in the service of its communities.




ADO envisages a productive and self-reliant society living in a healthy environment where citizens have a good quality of life and equal access to national resources.



ADO desires to provide professional service in program design and implementation with all the stakeholders, partners, beneficiaries, government, and other development actors. Our values development-oriented programs to ensure the sustainability of institutions and interventions for poverty eradication, especially those targeting vulnerable and marginalized groups in Somaliland. ADO redress practices that impede development progress and often result in groups of people left behind. The below-mentioned values are identified and established as the guiding principles in implementing the strategic plan of ADO: